NFL Capsule: Chargers at Buccaneers

NFL Capsule: Chargers at Buccaneers

SAN DIEGO (4-4) At TAMPA BAY (4-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 2 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Diego 4-4; Tampa Bay 5-2-1

SERIES RECORD - Chargers lead 8-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Chargers No. 16; Buccaneers No. 14

LAST MEETING - Chargers beat Buccaneers 41-24, Dec. 21, 2008

LAST WEEK - Chargers beat Chiefs 31-13; Buccaneers beat Raiders 42-32





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - San Diego has won eight of nine games between teams, including all five played in Tampa. ... Four years ago, Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for 287 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions the only time he faced Buccaneers. Ninth-year pro completed 18 of 20 passes for 220 yards, two TDs and one interception in last week's 31-13 victory over AFC West rival Kansas City. ... Win over Chiefs stopped three-game slide for Chargers. Bucs have won three of four to climb back to .500 following 1-3 start. ... Former Chargers WR Vincent Jackson signed five-year, $55.55 million contract with Tampa Bay last winter and averaging NFL-leading 22.9 yards per reception ( 31 catches for 710 yards, six touchdowns). ... Bucs offense has blossomed over past four games, with QB Josh Freeman completing 56.7 percent of his passes for 1,257 yards, 11 TDs and one interception. ... Rookie RB Doug Martin had 214 yards from scrimmage (135 rushing, 79 receiving) in road win at Minnesota two weeks ago. For encore, first-round draft pick out of Boise State rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns to pace last week's 10-point win at Oakland. ... Tampa Bay has scored more than 28 points in four consecutive games for first time in franchise history while improving to fifth in NFL in scoring at 28.3 per game. ... San Diego TE Antonio Gates shares team lead with three touchdown catches. He needs two to tie Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for most receiving TDs in club history (81). ... Chargers RB Ronnie Brown has 32 receptions, second-highest among running backs around league. ... Bucs lead NFL in rushing defense (77.3 yards per game) but last in pass defense (321.1).


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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy. 


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Wizards host students from Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of 'March For Our Lives'

Wizards host students from Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of 'March For Our Lives'

With a march on Washington planned for this weekend following the mass shooting in Parkland, FL, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were invited by the Wizards to attend their Friday morning practice at Capital One Arena.

About 20 of the kids showed up to watch the Wizards practice, took pictures with players, got a tour of the facilities and walked away with Wizards hats and gear. It was a small break away from what has been a tumultous time ever since the massacre at their school on Feb. 14.

Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis was on hand to speak with the students, who are set to lead the 'March For Our Lives' through downtown Washington on Saturday.


Wizards guard Bradley Beal met with the media after taking photos with the students.

"For us to be able to take their mind off of it for just a few minutes is always a great feeling," Beal said. "At the end of the day, we're all human beings regardless of our careers are and what our jobs are. A lot of us have families, kids, brothers and sisters. The last thing that you want to happen is what happened to several of those families. You can never imagine."

Beal went to college in Florida and has participated in his own forms of activism. He has found inspiration in the efforts by Stoneman Douglas students. They have taken what happened to their school as a catalyst for what they hope produces change in the ability to protect similar attacks from happening again.


Beal, 24, finds that admirable.

"It's amazing sometimes to learn from the youth on how to do things," Beal said. "It's a testament to where our world needs to lead to, to where we need to get to and to come together as a society. It starts with us as the younger generation. We've gotta come together with love and do things like this. I think what they're doing is awesome. It's spreading positive vibes and it's true humanitarian work that they're doing."

The Stoneman Douglas students are expected to attend Friday night's Wizards-Nuggets game as well.

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